What Your Profile Picture Says About Your Personality, According to Scientists

by Mary Nunes

I’m going to be honest with you: Meticulously scrolling through people’s online profiles is a common activity of mine. What? We’ve all done it. Whether I’m going to be working with someone in the future or I just met them, looking at their Instagram or Facebook lets me gauge a little bit more about their personality. Of course, looking at someone’s life through their social media accounts is not the same thing as actually knowing them, but you’d be surprised just how much you can find out about a person.

In fact, an upcoming research paper aims to reveal exactly how our online presence represents who we are, according to science. One part of the research focuses on how the pictures you post on social media reflect your personality type. The researchers analyzed over 66,000 people’s Facebook pictures in search of traits you can glean "with robust accuracy" just by looking at someone's profile photo.

The researchers used the Big Five method of assigning each user scores for their personality. The dimensions include extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to experience. Keep scrolling to learn what they found!

So what does your profile picture say about you? Tell us in the comments below!

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